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Pokes play at SJSU on Saturday
Feb 14, 2014 - From staff reports
Following a thrilling 68-62 upset of No. 5 San Diego State on Tuesday, the University of Wyoming men's basketball team gets back to action with a trip west to face San Jose State on Saturday at 3 p.m. MT in The Event Center. The Cowboys (15-9, 6-5 MW) toppled the Aztecs in their last game out for their first win over a top-five opponent since 1998, while the Spartans (6-18, 0-12 MW) are seeking their school's first Mountain West victory.
Fans can follow live stats, audio and video of the game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
Wyoming sits fifth in the Mountain West standings at 6-5 in the conference and 15-9 overall after a thrilling 68-62 upset of No. 5 San Diego State last Tuesday. The victory was UW's first over a top-five opponent since 1998. The Pokes led by as many as 16 points midway through the second half, thanks to multiple dunks and layups, but the Aztecs refused to go quietly. SDSU cut the lead to single digits with just over four minutes remaining and clawed within four points with 40 seconds left. Two free throws would be the only points scored the rest of the game, as the Cowboys held the Aztecs off the scoreboard to pull the upset. Wyoming held SDSU to its third-lowest point total this season and is now one of only two schools (Wichita State) in the nation to not allow 75 points this season. For the season, Wyoming's 49 percent from the field leads the Mountain West and ranks 13th in the nation, while its 38 percent from deep is third and 65.9 points per game are 10th. UW's 73 percent at the free throw line is third. Defensively, the Cowboys rank second in the MW and 14th in the NCAA in scoring defense at 60.5 points per game and fourth in the league in field goal percentage defense at 40 percent.
UW's 31 percent three-point defense is third in the conference and 51st in the nation.